Nokia is currently the king of the hill for smart phone photography with the 41MP equipped Nokia Lumia 1020 and the recently announced Lumia 1520 that comes with a 20.7MP PureView camera. From our recent photo comparison, we’ve seen how spectacular its large sensor coupled with resampling feature can do but so far all images are saved in a combination of high-res 38MP and a smaller 5MP jpeg image.
During today’s Nokia World event, it was announced that both Lumia 1020 and 1520 flagship device will soon get uncompressed RAW image support which allows greater control for photography enthusiasts for further tweaking. On the downside, a typical RAW file would be a multiple times bigger in file size and that could be a problem on a Lumia 1020 which is limited to 32GB of storage without any expandable memory slot. Nevertheless, the option of having RAW format opens up new possibilities from its huge 1/1.5″ sensor. So far there’s no mention when will this be rolling out to existing Lumia 1020 users.
Another interesting feature that was introduced is the Nokia Refocus app. The app lets you refocus on different subjects after the picture is taken. This is said to be based on Pelican Imaging technology, which emulates multiple cameras from a single sensor, imagine the eyes of a fly. With software processing, this allows better control which can be seen in this demo video. In the mean time, you can check out the Nokia Refocus feature in action yourself over here.
At the same time, it is good to know that Nokia Pro Cam & Nokia Smart Cam apps are now combined as a single app known simply as Nokia Camera.
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 2520, its first attempt in the tablet category that runs on Windows RT 8.1. In terms of design, the Lumia 2520 tablet follows the experience of its current colourful poly-carbonate Lumia smart phones and it comes with a choice of 4 striking colours – Red, Cyan, Black and White. While tablets are moving towards smaller sized 7″-8″ dimensions, Nokia went with a bigger 10.1″ IPS display that boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with a claimed viewing angle of 180 degrees. The display also illuminates a rather bright 650 nits, making it rather usable in outdoor conditions.
In terms of processing power, you won’t be disappointed with its top of the line 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, similar to its current flagship Lumia 1520 smart phone. On-board it comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded with additional 32GB via microSD.
For taking photos and videos, the Lumia 2520 comes with a 6.7MP camera mated with ZEISS optics, a first for tablets. It also comes with a microSIM slot that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. At the sides, there’s a micro HDMI port and a wider micro USB 3.0 port that’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 3.
Despite having a generous 8,000mAh battery, it still manages to maintain a respectably slim 8.9mm thickness and weighs 615 grams. As comparison, the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is 9.4mm thick and 652 grams heavy.
Will this be a game changer? As the first tablet for Nokia, the specs on paper looks promising but the Windows RT operating system has yet to prove itself as a compelling platform.
Head after the break for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet promo videos and photos.
Smartphones with large screens. It seems everyone wants one these days and it looks like almost every device manufacturer is making one. While Nokia is late to the party, they are coming to the said party with a bang bringing in not one but two large format smartphones.
First up, we have the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone to date with a full HD 1080p 6-inch display pushing out a pixel density of about 367ppi. It is also the first Windows Phone device to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 powerhouse quad-core processor running at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM. Seeing as how Windows Phone devices can perform smoothly even with dated processors, you can expect the 1520 to be blazing fast with the Snapdragon 800.
Going a full 12 or 14 hours on a single charge is going to be easy with the Lumia 1520 thanks to the massive 3,400mAh battery and that frugal Snapdragon processor. Other goodies include built-in wireless charging, LTE support, four microphones for multi-microphone noise reduction during video recording and voice calls, and Nokia newest PureView camera sensor. There’s also 32GB of on board storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
The 1520’s 20MP PureView camera has all the bells and whistles more powerful stablemate, the Lumia 1020, including optical image stabilization and oversampling capabilities albeit at only 2x as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 3x lossless zoom prowess. At the front you get a 1.2MP wide angle camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos.
|Mobile Devices, Mobile OS, Nokia, Windows Phone|
|nokia, Nokia Lumia, Nokia Lumia 1320, Nokia Lumia 1320 Malaysia, Nokia Lumia 1320 Malaysia price, Nokia Lumia 1320 price, Nokia Lumia 1320 price Malaysia, Nokia Lumia 1520, Nokia Lumia 1520 Launch, Nokia Lumia 1520 Malaysia, Nokia Lumia 1520 Malaysia price, Nokia Lumia 1520 price Malaysia|
At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia CEO, Steven Elop broke what probably is one of the biggest news of the day — Instagram is finally coming to Windows Phone.
That’s right Windows Phone users, the world’s most popular photo filter app will soon be available on Windows Phone. But when is soon? Well Elop’s mention of Instagram coming to Windows Phone is a glancing one, Other than announcing that its happening, no further details was shared. Elop said that Instagram will be available in the coming weeks and that could mean anything from next week to next month maybe even longer so we will still have to wait.
[ SOURCE ]
Update: The Nokia World Live Streaming page is now live right here.
At 3pm Malaysia time today (October 22), Nokia will be unveiling what looks to be three new devices (a phone, a large format device – Lumia 1520 and a tablet – Lumia 2520) at a special event in Abu Dhabi. If you want to catch all the action as it happens, then you’re in luck because Nokia will be live streaming the event as well and you can catch the live stream right here.
We’ll be on Twitter to offer commentaries as the event happens so follow us and join in the conversation.
Link to Nokia World Abu Dhabi Live Stream Here.
While messaging on BBM is instant, unfortunately the activation is not. To manage a surge of new users, those who have successfully downloaded the app would not be able to use it right away. After registration with your email, BlackBerry will put you in a queue and you will be notified later once your account is ready. So far we have registered ours and we haven’t receive any notification after an hour.
While waiting for the activation, check out the official BBM demo video after the break.
If you think the current Nokia Lumias are lacking in processing power and display, they are closing the gap with its upcoming Lumia 1520. Being a photography focused device, the Lumia 1520 is said to be running on a faster Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and a Full HD 6″ display that does 1920×1080 pixels resolution. That gives a pixel density of 367ppi which is a slight notch below the HTC One Max‘s 5.9″ Full HD display with 373ppi.
In the camera department, it won’t carry the epic 41MP shooter found on the Lumia 1020 but instead it uses a 20.7MP PureView camera. In our earlier camera comparison test, the Lumia 1020 just blows the competition out of the water and hopefully the Lumia 1520 would not disappoint.
Storage wise, it will be available in either 16GB/32GB and it is said to come with Qi wireless charging cover as well. Just like the Lumia 1020, it will be available in Black, White & striking yellow. In terms of pricing, it is leaked in China at a purported 4,999 Yuan which is about RM2,587 when converted directly. Nokia’s big event is happening tomorrow and their first tablet the Lumia 2520 is expected to be unveiled as well.
Angry Birds may be one of the most popular mobile gaming title since Snake but catapulting various kinds of birds into shacks made by pigs is getting a lame. It’s a good thing then that Rovio is coming out with Angry Birds Go — a spin-off of the Angry Birds franchise that has all the makings of a surefire hit.
Judging by the pre-release trailer (that you can view after the jump), Angry Birds Go is a combination of everything that made Angry Birds great repackaged into a kart racing game that looks good and promises to be fun and addictive. Aside from racing, the game promises a lot of variations as well with upgradeable vehicles and character power-ups.
Angry Birds Go will be available free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8. Blackberry 10 users will be happy to know that the game will be available on their platform as well.
The HTC One Max is officially revealed yesterday as the biggest member of the current aluminium clad HTC One series. While it is bigger on the exterior, its internals are identical to the 4.7″ HTC One.
So where does the HTC One Max stand in the sea of large screen smart phones? In terms of dimensions, it isn’t the biggest as the Xperia Z Ultra sports a tablet-like 6.44″ TFT Full HD display. However it is worth pointing out that the Xperia Z Ultra is thinner (6.5mm) and lighter (212g) than the One Max. With a thickness of 10.29mm, the One Max is thinner than the Lumia 1020 (10.4mm) and its 5″ cousin, the HTC Butterfly S (10.6mm). Comparing the battery capacity, the One Max tops the list with a larger 3,300mAh battery which is 100mAh more than the Galaxy Note 3.
For the first time for HTC, the One Max features a fingerprint scanner that’s located at the back. Unlike the iPhone 5S’s home button with discreet Touch ID, the One Max fingerprint scanner is rather conventional with the typical finger swipe motion. To unlock the device from sleep, you would still need to hit the power button the sides before swiping your finger at the back.
The achilles heel on paper has got to be the processor. For a high end device to launch in the final quarter of 2013, we would expect the One Max to run on a faster 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor but HTC has decided to stick to a familiar 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor that was used by the original HTC One. Surprisingly even its earlier HTC Butterfly S runs on a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor.
Performance shouldn’t be a big issue as the Snapdragon 600 processor has proven itself on the HTC One with a buttery smooth experience. We dare say that the HTC One is much smoother and has better battery life than the Galaxy S4 non-LTE edition.
The next question would be when will it reach Malaysia and how much would it sell for. The Xperia Z Ultra which is now available with 4G LTE support is currently priced at RM2,199 with 16GB of storage. If the HTC One Max gets priced at RM2,399, would you choose it over the Galaxy Note 3 or Xperia Z1? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out our first hands-on impressions of the HTC One Max here.
|Android, HTC, iPhone, iPhone OS, LG, Mobile Devices, Mobile OS, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Windows Phone|
|Comparison, HTC, HTC Butterfly S, HTC One, HTC One Malaysia, HTC One Max, HTC One max announcement, HTC One Max Launch, HTC One Max Malaysia, HTC One Max Malaysia Launch, HTC One Max Official, HTC One Max Specification, HTC One Mini, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, LG G2, Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Smart Phone comparison, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Ultra|
UPDATE: With the Xperia Z1 software updated, we’ve compared the 3 smart phones again. Check out Part 2 of our camera shootout.
As teased last week, we have compared the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for its imaging capabilities. To recap on the specs, the Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a huge 1/1.5″ sensor that does 41MP followed by the Sony Xperia Z1 with its 1/2.3″ sensor that shoots 20.7MP. Also thrown in the comparison is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that comes with a smaller 1/3″ sensor and a typical 13MP resolution.
The Lumia 1020 and Xperia Z1 boast one of the biggest sensor and pixel count among the flagship devices today. While it is nice to have a high resolution photos, is it any good when most photos shared online are compressed and resized to smaller dimensions? The answer lies on resampling.
With the Lumia 1020MP, the camera automatically saves 2 sizes for each picture taken – a high resolution 38MP (4:3) and a smaller 5MP photo. The 5MP photo which you would share and post online is actually a resized identical image of its 38MP shot. This results a sharper and higher picture quality despite a lower resolution image. On the downside, the resampling process on the Lumia 1020 imposes a wait time of about 2-3 seconds before it’s ready to take the next shot. For the trigger happy smart phone photographer, this could be annoying.
Moving onto the Sony Xperia Z1, the default Superior Auto mode takes a 20.7MP shot and then resamples the photo to 8MP (16:9). If you need an actual 20.7MP (4:3) shot, the option is available in manual mode. For the initial comparison, we would be taking the resampled 5MP and 8MP from the Lumia 1020 and Xperia Z1 respectively as that would be the default mode and photo that’s commonly used. This is then followed by a comparison of the original high resolution and resampled image to see if there’s any significant advantage. For the Xperia Z1 you would probably notice a different shot between the high resolution and resampled image as we had to shoot separately in Superior Auto and Manual mode.
Check out the sample shots after the break.
|Android, Mobile Devices, Mobile OS, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Windows Phone|
|camera, Comparison, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera, Nokia Lumia 1020 Malaysia, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Camera, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Malaysia, Sony, Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Camera, Sony Xperia Z1 Malaysia|